Feel Like A Stranger, Sugaree, Minglewood Blues, Ramble On Rose, Black Throated Wind, Jack A Roe, Cassidy, Don't Ease Me In Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Truckin'-> Terrapin Station-> Jam-> Drums-> Jam-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat-> Sugar Magnolia, E: U.S. Blues
Analog sbd> dat> cd> eac> cd; via Jeff Fishman; Steve Barbella
November 16, 2012 Subject:
September 11, 2012 Subject:
coming up to the anniversaries
Every time the dead took the stage at the Garden- something Magical was happening. This night no different.
July 20, 2008 Subject:
What stands out about this show was the energy level which was a common factor in NYC shows. However on this night the energy level was off the charts. No Hornsby yet but no harm done. This copy brings through some of that energy craziness but of course, you had to be there. Bob flies out of the gate with a strong Stranger. Everyone sounds good and the band is tight. Check out Jerry on the wa-wa pedal during stranger. Phil is also very prominent in this copy. Jerry and Bob play off each other sweetly as well. Its a very fine version of this song. Sugaree was one of the highlights of the show. It may be the best I ever heard in 100 shows. The pace is just exactly perfect. The combo of Stranger and Sugaree here was one of the best show opening pairs I heard falling short to the Jack Straw>Foolish Heart from Buckeye in "93". Vince's keyboard, which some found cheesy, sounds decent here with Jerry and Vince feeding off each other in the first part of the song. Minglewood Blues does nothing to lower the energy level. Its not an all-time great but its solid with Vince holding his own. Jerry and Vince trade some good licks on it. Jack-a-roe really had the Garden light up. Jerry shreds it on this version. One of the best I had the pleasure of catching. Especially strong is Jerry's playing around the lyrics. He really fills the space nice. It would have been nice if this copy had Phil up higher in the mix. He's hard to pick up. The Cassidy smokes along here though Vince sings almost higher than Bob, not a good thing. Still its a very uptempo Cassidy and sails into the exploratory part of the song about as fast as any Cassidy ever did. The band both explores and plays at a ferocious pace. Possibly one of the best and fastest Cassidy's in the "90"'s post-Brent era. The Don't Ease is solid but not nearly as good as the one the following year at MSG on 9/16/91, imo. Scarlet is tight with everyone clicking together. Although this Scarlett does not stand out as "best ever" Jerry's solos on it are just a thing of beauty. Carefully crafted. Jerry is way out in this mix as well. The Transition to Fire on the Mountain is not rushed. I dare say Jerry's voice sounds amazing on this version. Vince should get credit for jumping into this thing head first. Imagine the expectations on that guy?? Vince throws in some good keyboard work on this Fire. Funny, but I think its arguable that this was one of Vince's best shows with the Dead. Jerry does not take over the leads and leave Vince behind but instead there is some very inspired work going on here, though at one point, Jerry cuts off a Vince solo attempt with his voice. Ah well, still learning the ropes..; Truckin is just good ole fashion GD and Jerry just brings this song up and over the top over and over again. One of the best Truckin's I heard live, botched words and all, ya, the Garden was light up again for this. The Terrapin is solid with more impressive work from the newbie...Vince. Its amazing the Band could already jell like this so quickly with Vince. The Other One builds up steam as it plugs along with Jerry's using a cool horn midi effect before ditching it. Its got a nice relaxed pace in the intro before Phil drops the bomb. From here it takes off and soars. One of my favorite TOO to see live. It twists and turns sometimes slowing up and speeding up. All along Phil cuts these pace changes like a knife. Check out the part right before Bob's first lyrics which Healy distorts for reasons only he knows. I don't think this distortion (which some people think was to get that trippy effect) was intended by the band and by Bob. Seems Healy was taking some liberties but I could be wrong. Jerry's guitar soars during this Other One and, yes, there is more voice distortion towards the end of this version. The Wharf Rat is so good, there is a moment of perfect silence in it. Its just as strong as I remember it that night. The harmonies are outstanding and you can pick up the crowd reaction here. The Sugar Mags is good but not spectacular. I have heard better and I have heard worse. It's inspired though with Bob rallying the crowd even more than they already were which was a lot:)
This copy seems to have a hiss that is present throughout but its still very much worth getting. Since I know what the crowd was like, I would like a SBD of this show. Nothing but the band would be sweet based on the playing on this night. Its seems clear to me that the Band knew they had to get this run started on a high note to ease everyones worries. They succeeded. Get this one....
December 11, 2007 Subject:
Smokin from start to finish.
For those of you who are not Vince fans take a listen. I realize he's not Brent, but he picked up the pieces as good as anyone could. Remember he was chosen and God does'nt make mistakes. Anyways this entire show rocks but as far as Vince, check out Terrapin/Other One/and Wharf Rat, Jerry and him connect and establish a working musical connection. Oh I have to mention Black Throated Wind. This is a favorite of mine and the Sugar in the second set is pretty sweet.
September 14, 2007 Subject:
I, and mom, dropped by Hampton on the way to this show. Rumors were that "Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions" were going to announce a show and the great venue. So, from Raleigh, we hit Hampton... where nearly 100 Heads were standing around waiting for the ticket office to open. Well... false rumor. We got back in the car, took the Chese Bay Bridge up the Delmarva to MSG. This show really made me think that we will be okay without Brent... just okay, I say. No offense Vince, because you really shined this night. MSG was the place to be. Cops were reasonable in NY, unlike most other places.
March 20, 2007 Subject:
its john scher
he is a promoter.
i was there; wasnt it awesome????
November 22, 2005 Subject:
to OldSchoolJersey. I wasn't at these shows, but I am 90% positive that the intro was from Bill Graham. Despite the fact that BGP did not book at MSG, I think Bill Graham was in NYC, and swallowed his pride and showed up for the show b/c he was so proud of the boys and kind of stuck it to the East Coast promoters by running out and intro'ing the band. Of course, Healy gets in there with effects on the vocals. According to Phil, one of the several reasons they eventually let Healy go. I remember reading about this little episode in Phil's new book.
Hey SteveCa, did you make it to set II, it's a much better source, less hiss, etc....
Great First set. Second set isn't quite as hot, but still good. Hornsby didn't make it there till the next night.Backstretch is solid!
September 1, 2005 Subject:
yeah yeah, great show. I was there too.
terrible hiss on this "dat?" I thought this was digital? why the hiss? sound quality a 3, show is at least a 4.
August 2, 2005 Subject:
Anyone know who introduces the band before Stranger? My guess is John Scher (big east coast promoter) but I can't be sure.
February 24, 2005 Subject:
Live At The Garden 9-14-90
This is an absolutely brilliant recording of the Dead. A just about perfect recording of a just about perfect show, (though it sounds great if you begin it with Sugaree...the recorders seem to be getting their things together for the first few moments on the first cut.)
The band plugs away wasting not one moment of jamming. The keyboardist plays like a virtuoso, banging all the soul he could muster with that little keyboard tone that in an odd way seems to complement everything, and in moments of intensity, is beautifully climatic.
Give it a stream, it sounds fantastic even at low-fi.
Highly, highly reccomended.
November 7, 2004 Subject:
Yeah, yeah, yeah. This is a great show, but in all the reviews I've ever seen of this show, nobody ever mentions the insane Sugar Magnolia. Listen to Bobby and Jerry's guitar dueling near the end of the main jam. Play it loud.
Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Truckin'-> Terrapin Station, blazing and on fire.
The garden was my favorite place to see a show. Maybe because it was so close to home, or maybe the energy was out of control. I was waiting for a ligtning bolt to shock the building during scarlet-fire. Good quality definitly get this one.
May 21, 2004 Subject:
Dead and the City
Having attended the '90 MSG run and then listening to the shows later on, I must say this run was one the best runs of shows in one venue ever. From the intro before the Stranger to the Lovelight on the 20th this run was packed with greatness. More so than anything else, I felt the band's progress from show to show was amazing. On the 14th, Welnick seemed like he had been with the band for at least a couple tours not just a couple shows. His sound was a bit awkward at first, especially if you are use to Brent, but hey the guy had his own sound. By the time they finished this run they took on Hornsby, gelled, and blew everyone away with the shows on the 19th and 20th.
Stranger was a blazin...the entire Garden was lit up baby! Sugaree skiped along like a Saturday moring stroll in Central Park. Once we got to the second set the Scarlet>Fire was epic. Truckin... "New York, got the ways and means". Followed by a lovely Terrapin. Other One>Wharf Rat...forget 'bout it.
For any one who has expirenced a great Dead show in NYC, there is nothing like stepping out of the GArden, pumped up, hailing a cab and tearing up in the Village till the wee hours! Truely an experience. Don't get me wrong...I loved camping out in Alpine Vally or Deek Creek, but you need some city craziness now and then! Thank you Grateful Dead, NYC, and Archive.org